8635.0 - Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Dec 2011 Quality Declaration
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DECEMBER KEY POINTS
ROOM OCCUPANCY RATE
ABOUT THIS ISSUE
This issue presents results from the December quarter 2011 Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA) for the following categories of establishments:
CHANGES TO THIS PUBLICATION
From the March quarter 2012 the PDF component of this publication will be discontinued. Individual tables that were previously included in the publication will be available as a data cube on the Downloads page.
AUSTRALIAN STATISTICAL GEOGRAPHY STANDARD (ASGS)
The ABS has been progressively replacing the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) with the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) as its geographic framework. The ASGS will become the geographical framework for the STA from the March quarter 2012. Users will be provided with information to assist them to transition from the ASGC to the ASGS.
The changes resulting from the move to ASGS are:
Tourism region maps and correspondence file based on the ASGS are available in cat. no. 9503.0.55.001 Tourism Region Maps and Correspondence File, Australia, 2011. Further information about the ASGS can be found at www.abs.gov.au/geography and in cat. no. 1270.0.55.003 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 3 - Non ABS Structures, July 2011.
AAA Tourism manages the scheme that applies STAR Ratings to accommodation establishments. This scheme has undergone a strategic review resulting in changes to the application of STAR Ratings. The changes to STAR Rating will be introduced to the STA collection over the coming quarters. Further enquiries on changes to the STAR Rating system should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
Hotels, motels and serviced apartments
This summary contains key findings for original estimates. Original series are impacted by seasonal variations and irregular or non-seasonal influences. Comparison between quarters should be made with caution.
In the December quarter 2011, accommodation takings were $2281.5 million for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms.
Accommodation takings in the December quarter 2011 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms were highest in New South Wales ($735.7 million) and Queensland ($586.8 million). The Australian Capital Territory recorded the lowest takings for the period ($55.7 million).
For Australia, the December quarter 2011 average takings per room night occupied were $164.06 for establishments with 15 or more rooms. This was 3.3% higher than the December quarter 2010 ($158.82).
Room occupancy rate
The room occupancy rate for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms was 67.3% in the December quarter 2011.
Traditionally, hotels have higher occupancy rates than motels or serviced apartments. Over the December 2011 quarter, hotels had an occupancy rate of 72.8% compared with 60.4% for motels and 69.6% for serviced apartments.
Six out of the eight states and territories experienced an increase in the occupancy rate of hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms between the December quarter 2010 and the December quarter 2011. Western Australia (70.1%) experienced the largest increase (3.5 percentage points). Over the same period, occupancy in the Australian Capital Territory (72.1%) decreased by 1.2 percentage points.
The Australian Capital Territory recorded the highest occupancy rate (72.1%) in the December quarter 2011 followed by Western Australia (70.1%) and New South Wales (67.9%) Over the same period, the Northern Territory experienced the lowest occupancy rate (61.4%).
Room nights Occupied
Room nights occupied were 13.9 million in the December quarter 2011 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms.
New South Wales contributed the largest proportion (31.1%) of room nights occupied for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms, followed by Queensland (18.4%).
Average Length of Stay
The average length of stay over the December quarter 2011 for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms was 2.3 days. Queensland reported the longest average length of stay (2.7 days) followed by Western Australia (2.5 days) and the Northern Territory (2.3 days). Tasmania and South Australia had the shortest average length of stay (2.0 days).
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